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For centuries hazing has occurred in all societies as a rite of passage It dates all the way back to the ancient Native Americans as they went so far as to pierce the sternum of warriors with a bone and hang them from it These days it continues as our military makes hazing its own But one question needs to be asked in these modern times is hazing being carried out too far in our military schools Yes it is indeed This ritualistic hazing begins in military schools such as VMI or West Point and carries all the way into the armed forces themselves This as a result is why hazing in military schools must be stopped all together at whatever means necessary Although many officers at the schools state hazing has a bonding characteristic to it and should be a positive thing it is the very reason why numerous students are injured and cannot continue on with their studies Can hazing really be that bad It has been reported as well that a number of deaths have occurred In one specific case three marines were buried to their necks in sand and left there until the tide came in In cases other than death many injuries occur so badly that the students are forced to spend time in the hospital and away from school and thus grades drop Furthermore in some occurrences the injuries that happen are simply too painful to even continue with school Hazing should be taken care of in a better way simply from these facts alone Aside from the injury factor hazing is lacking the consequences needed to effectively be controlled many students are continuing to practice it and even are encouraged as well But are penalties truly sufficient enough As this hazing occurs and people are caught many times nothing more than a simple slap on the wrist is issued and the offenders are let off with a simple
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